Monday, 28 May 2012

DUPLICITY by Nikki Jefford - Guest Post & Giveaway!

For my review of ENTANGLED (Spellbound Trilogy #1) Please click here!

Author: Nikki Jefford
Publication Date: May 20th 2012

"If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj McKenna, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adiran Montez. He expects one of the Grays to be his.

Nearly a year later, the council is onto them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper. 

If they work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive"

Movie Madness Monday: Spellbound the Sequel

I love movies that bend the rules of reality or present a story in a unique light. An early reviewer of Entangled compared the novel to Freaky Friday, which I thought was cool because I loved that movie as a kid (the original with Jodie Foster).
When Graylee Perez wakes up in her sister’s bed and nightgown on her second morning after being resurrected, she wonders, “What if her life was turning into the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? At least in Bill Murray’s version he got to be himself every day.”
As I wrote Spellbound two: Duplicity, I kept thinking about Sliding Doors starring Gwyneth Paltrow. When I first heard about the movie showing two different versions of Helen’s life – one based on if she caught her train, the second on if she missed it – I assumed the first half of the movie would be Scenario One and the second half Scenario Two.
But no! The film jumped between the two different Helens and it was brilliant. I loved it!
In Sliding Doors, the two Helen’s have different haircuts, which helps viewers keep them apart. In Duplicity, one character goes by the name Gray, the other Lee. My biggest fear was that the POV switches would be too jumpy.
I rearranged one area of the book in which two suspenseful scenes happen simultaneously. Originally they cut back to the other Gray… leaving one in the middle of a dilemma. Those scenes needed to play out before switching over.

Thank you to Keren, my very first reviewer of this series and the first person to read it for pleasure (re: not a beta reader, family member, or copy editor). I still owe her a paperback copy of Entangled (as one of three wishes I’ve granted her)… and Patrick Dempsey wrapped in a purple bow. I keep my eye out every time I’m in Seattle!

*Keren sneaks in... Yes please Nikki, nice dark purple ribbon... yummy!!*

Enter to win the SPELLBOUND SWAG PACK (International)

·         Evil Eye Amulet and Bracelet: In Duplicity, Gray wears an evil eye pendant, also known as a nazar, to protect herself from a spell that’s causing havoc over the witches and warlocks in her coven. The evil eye (a Turkish amulet) is used for both luck and protection against envy.

·         Two Headed Quarter: Two Grays are better than none and two heads are better than one, especially when flipping over who gets to choose which movie to watch with a trick coin. Adrian returns in Duplicity and opens a magic shop.

·         Entangled bookmark

Enter by filling out the form below: (Ends June 8th 2012)

About Nikki: 
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was a reporter before returning to her first love: fiction.

After a whirlwind romance in France, Nikki married Sébastien in March 2000. They reside with Cosmo the wonder Westie.

Useful Links:
Nikki's Blog
Nikki on Twitter

To Purchase Duplicity:

Thank you Nikki for an interesting Guest Post and a terrific Giveaway. I am really looking forward to the Book Trailer for Enchantment.
For anyone else who wants to see the unveiling of the trailer, head on over to Najla Quamber's blog, 
UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOKS on June 7th! I know I'll be there with bells on! :)

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